A LOVE THAT WILL LAST FOREVER.
Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is killed during a mugging; stuck on Earth in a ghost-like state, he realizes that his girlfriend (Demi Moore) might also be in jeopardy and enlists the help of a medium (Whoopi Goldberg)… A huge hit in its time that unbelieavably won an Oscar for its cleverly assembled but formulaic script. Effective in the way it builds tension, humor and romance (thanks to the two leads, and that now-classic pottery wheel scene set to “Unchained Melody”). Goldberg is perfect as the con artist who finds out that she is able to contact spirits after all. But the twist is obvious from the start and the visual effects haven’t aged well.
1990-U.S. 122 min. Color. Directed by Jerry Zucker. Screenplay: Bruce Joel Rubin. Cast: Patrick Swayze (Sam Wheat), Demi Moore (Molly Jensen), Whoopi Goldberg (Oda Mae Brown), Tony Goldwyn, Rick Aviles, Vincent Schiavelli.
Trivia: Nicole Kidman was allegedly considered for Moore’s role. Later a Broadway musical.
Oscars: Best Supporting Actress (Goldberg), Original Screenplay. Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress (Goldberg). BAFTA: Best Supporting Actress (Goldberg).